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How To Change Background Color Easily

In today’s video I’m going to show you guys one simple tool how to change your backdrops in affinity photo

all right so here we are in affinity photo let’s kind of take a piggy pool over here and we’re gonna load the photo up so I’m doing this on my iPad pro a little bit of background I am using the Apple pencil this is the iPad pro from 2018 the image is loaded up here in affinity photo and we’re just gonna jump right in I am using the latest version of affinity photo so I loaded the photo up we do have a video on how to do that so best practice on how to do that but let

me just show you guys what is possible and what we’re going to do here so I just did this really quickly I understand on the left hand side of the screen you’re gonna see a lot of discoloration and stuff like that this is not a tutorial on how to basically do a selection of an area to make sure it’s very it’s smooth I just do this really really quickly but how are we gonna be doing this today is actually using the curves adjustment layer I’m gonna record another video on how to do this using another using like maybe like the color replacement brush and there’s a couple

different techniques on how to actually do this but one clever way to do this that actually maintains the shadows and the highlights and the different gradients if you’re shooting with seamless backdrops and you’re in a studio situation is doing that through curves curves will maintain the gradations and basically the luminosity of the actual adjustment that you’re making so what we’re gonna do suffice to say I’m gonna delete these layers oops I didn’t mean to delete that one I’m gonna delete and delete these layers and I’m gonna show you what I did so in affinity

photo we got the photo loaded up here I’m gonna go over into our selection window the selection persona again this is not tutorial on how to basically do selections and affinity photo best practices and doing mass and all that stuff we’ll do that in a later video but suffice it to say I’m gonna use a smart selection brush I’m gonna just brush really quick I’m gonna do this very very quickly it’s not gonna be perfect don’t yell at me it’s fine it’s gonna do that and we’re gonna get over here okay that’s good enough and I’m gonna just kind of subtract this little area over

here with her shoes and anything else that it’s missing no that’s great so what we’re gonna do now since we have the selection we’re selecting our background they are using the selection the smart selection brush and affinity photo we’re gonna go over to our adjustment layers and we’re gonna basically scroll on down over here to curves and then what you’re gonna do is make sure your curves layer is set to RGB which is right here RGB and then you’re gonna go over into the channels window and you’re gonna adjust the are the red the green and the blue and

the Alpha so we’re gonna do it if you want to change the colors I don’t fully understand like what’s the opposite of red and what’s the opposite of blue and stuff like that I’ve never been good at that so I kind of just go into a channel and I hit the spline right here which is your your curve and then you’re gonna adjust it up and down until you get a color that you like so basically if I wanted more of like a purplish color and go over here purpose a blue color or we can go down here to get more yellowish green so let’s say one do more of a purple and we’ll go into

our greens channel and let’s see kind of what that does okay yeah I’m kind of liking that deep purple or what it okay we can you do like kind of a sky blue okay let’s let’s do like this deeper issue purple okay so now that you have that curves adjustment layer you’ll notice that there’s some kind of issues and hazing right here that is just a little result of the smart selection and brush that I use which is I’m not again I’m not doing it tutorial on how to basically avoid that I’m just I’m just showing you guys what is possible using the curves layer here in affinity photo

but that right there is how you do it and then what you do now you you adjust the opacity of the layer until you get the actual individual hue that you want in terms of saturation so let me like maybe sixty percent another kind of a cheat as well you can kind of go into the blend modes for your layer and you can actually go up to either hue saturation or color and then that will also have different effects on how the curves adjustment that we just put on to that layer will affect the photo as well best practices probably leave us in color so it only affects the color

doesn’t really affect the saturation and or the hue of the area that we’re selecting so I just leave that in color and then I would just adjust that and then now you get like a very natural-looking besides and this little area right here besides that you get a very natural looking realistic change or color color shipped to your backdrop and I’ll show you guys before and after again let me come out of the D selection so we’ll deselect that and we’ll do it before and after so that was original and before and after alright boom here we are that is how you do that and then

now it looks realistic you still have all the gradients over here that’s a light pink this is kind of like a really light pink and then it gets darker on this side because there was no light on that side BAM totally looks convincing again besides that one little corner so forgive me on that but I hope that was helpful I hope that you learned something new here I recently discovered how to do this in curves I normally do this in a couple of the techniques that I will be showcasing in a future video but this is just one way to do this in affinity photo so I hope that was helpful I

hope you had a little bit of insight on how to you know change backdrop layers and stuff like that and change colors to get whatever color that you want you could easily shoot on the white or green or purple whatever color seamless that you’re using and then just change it to any other color that you want and post based on wardrobe and the fame things of that nature so this is one way to do that okay that’s not the technique that I use but I just actually purchased seamless but if you want to cheat and know when they use one seamless progress of your life

you can do it this way totally works so I hope that was helpful for you guys and as always stay locked in and loaded to photography px we got a lot of great content coming up soon definitely hit a like and consider and consider subscribing to our channel if you haven’t already we absolutely appreciate every person that subscribes if you have any comments questions or concerns or something you’d like to see by all means hit us up in the comment description box below and we’ll make sure we get a video specifically tailored to your needs and until next time my friends peace out 

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.